tv U.S. Senate Sen. Inhofe on Iran War Powers Resolution CSPAN February 14, 2020 5:04am-5:10am EST
united states. i will vote to send my son and daughter if the cause is right, but if the cause is not right, i will not vote to send my son and daughter or anyone else's sons and daughters. that's where the debate should be had here. that's what senator kaine is trying to do through this resolution. i am concerned that some of the amendments being offered, it's simply to undermine that. and so i look forward to joining with senator kaine to passing the resolution as well as to opposing some of t mr. inhofe: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: madam president, the -- i think that president trump's decision to take out general soleimani was the bonus defense decision of his policy to date. the president defended american lives and showed iran that terrorism and, most importantly, spilling american blood is something that will come at a price. unlike something we by the
predecessor, we're in the best negotiating position with iran since 1979 and iran's escalation, which includes attacks on tankers, saudi arabian oil facilities and the killing of an american citizen. at least for now. yet some democrats would have you believe a vote for a war powers resolution, pretending as though the president is rushing to war. that's just not happening. but the facts are not there. there is no war with iran. an air strike is not a war. punishing iran for killing an american citizen is is not a war. nor has -- it just hasn't happened. it's been three weeks since the democrats first tried to vote on this resolution and during those three weeks, nothing has happened. let me just repeat that. nothing has happened.
there have been no new iranian attacks against us. and we've with not attacked them. how can anyone claim that we're in some caned of a war? moreover, nobody wants with with iran. the president has made it clear he doesn't want war with iran, and in fact the president's decision to eliminate soleimani has made war much less likely because it showed iran that its terrorism would come at a price. that wasn't the price before. so despite this success today, we're debating whether we want to tie the hands of our commander in chief or any commander in chief to respond when american lives are put at risk, as the constitution gives them the authority to do. well, i want to be sure all my colleagues are crystal clear on this exactly -- exactly this war powers resolution means, what it will actually d the resolution calls the president to terminate
the use of american armed forces for hostilities against iraq. but there are no hostilities against iran. there is no war with iran. the resolution calling for the termination of hostilities against california would be just about -- have the same effect. practicallily speaking, this vote will do nothing. it's nonsense, but we should be very concerned about the symbolic effect this vote will the have. this will send a very damaging message to iran. the iranians will interpret a vote in favor of this resolution as tying the president's hands and that would lead iran to believe once again that it can get by with anything. remember, that wasn't that long ago. they really believed that. now nobody wants it. congress doesn't wasn't it, the president doesn't want it and certainly not the american people. i don't know why we're debating a resolution that can make war more likely when we're trying to do just the opposite.
but if the democrats insist on tying the president's hands, then the least we can do is minute mice the damage. so -- minimize the damage. so while i urge colleagues to vote against to resolution, i also -- i want to comment briefly on the amendment offered by the ranking member of the senate armed services committee, my friend and the gentleman from rhode island. he is correct to highlight the traumatic brain injuries that a number of our troops suffered during the january 8 iranian strike on irk. we understand that. and, however, i would like to clarify that i believe we are not -- we're not -- we were not misled in this at all. they can only be confirmed through m.r.i. scans. the department of defense implemented its screening procedure properly and madessured that all troops in the vicinity of the strike were screened. i think we need to understand
that. yet all of this was done and it's as if that wasn't done at all. once those results were made available, the department of defense notified the public in a press release. it then briefed our committee, the committee i chair. i therefore want to commend the department of defense for taking all the right measures to protect our forces during the iranian strikes and for appropriating screening our forces for aftereffects. this is i didn't think it's extremely important that we vote this resolution down, even as its anticipated -- amended now, it will signal that there's no price for aggression. it will undermine deterrence. it will leave our troops, diplomats diploma the presiding officer: duly noted. mr. risch: thank you. mr. president and fellow senators, we're about to vote on an important pie